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All ELC news stories are archived here in reverse chronological order. They are also categorized by state in the menu on the left, with New Jersey further broken out into separate subject areas.

THE ABBOTT PRESCHOOL PROGRAM AT 15

Published on: May 7, 2014

To mark the 15th anniversary of the high quality Abbott preschool program, ELC has prepared a report on the state of the program, including recommendations for improvement going forward.

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ELC COURT ACTION YIELDS PROPER AID NOTICES TO NJ SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Published on: May 6, 2014

On May 1, the NJDOE issued new state aid notices to school districts for the 2014-15 school year in response to a motion filed by ELC before the State Supreme Court in the landmark Abbott v. Burke school finance litigation.

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STATE FORMALLY NOTIFIES NJ SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF SUBSTANTIAL UNDERFUNDING

Published on: April 30, 2014

In response to a motion filed by ELC, the NJDOE has issued new aid notices to all school districts based on the cost of educating students to meet State academic standards under the SFRA, NJ’s groundbreaking, weighted student funding formula.

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HOBOKEN CHALLENGES IMPACT OF CHARTER EXPANSION ON STUDENTS

Published on: April 23, 2014

The Hoboken Board of Education filed an appeal of the NJDOE decision to renew and expand the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School, detailing how expansion will exacerbate racial imbalance in the Hoboken schools and reduce funding available to students in district schools.

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STATE PROMISES PROPER SCHOOL AID NOTICES TO NJ DISTRICTS

Published on: April 14, 2014

The Attorney General has advised that the NJDOE will provide all school districts with “expanded State aid notices…[including] the district’s adequacy budget and the maximum amount of aid payable to the district under the SFRA.”

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ARGUMENTS SET IN NY PROPERTY TAX CAP CHALLENGE

Published on: April 14, 2014

A challenge to the constitutionality of NY’s local property tax cap is being reargued in State Supreme Court in Albany before Judge Eugene Devine, who is also presiding over NY's "Small Cities" school funding case. The tax cap, enacted in 2011, limits local property tax increases to support schools to 2% per year.

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NJ SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING AMID UNDERFUNDED SCHOOLS AND UNFUNDED MANDATES

Published on: April 2, 2014

The Senate Budget Committee today takes up Governor Christie’s proposals for “flat” school aid. If enacted, the FY15 State Budget will bring a fifth straight year of cuts to staff, programs and services in many NJ districts.

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ELC ASKS COURT TO ADDRESS GOVERNOR'S ABANDONMENT OF SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA

Published on: March 26, 2014

ELC is asking the NJ Supreme Court to address Governor Christie’s decision to abandon the State's cutting-edge, weighted student funding formula to calculate education aid for the 2014-15 school year.

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